BEREA, Ohio – A lot going on in the sports world. Let’s discuss…
**I watched the Browns practice the last two days during their full-squad minicamp. You really don’t learn a lot at these practices, as has been discussed in this space before, but you do see something resembling real football, and that’s never a bad thing. Coaches insist they learn a lot — and that their young players learn a lot — from these practices, and because the lockout kept the Browns from having them a year ago, there’s reason to think the Browns are making (continued) progress.
**There’s also reason to think the Browns still have too many holes and too many question marks throughout the depth chart, and that they’ll still struggle to win more than five.
**Pat McManamon has seen a whole lot more of the Browns this spring than I have. He has a nice minicamp wrapup here. I’m off to Bengals minicamp next week.
**Greg Little might have a big season. He has all the tools, has a year of experience and now has a quarterback who should better be able to deliver the ball in tight spots. Then again, we might again see Little struggle with drops and inconsistencies as he did last year. That’s the tricky part now about everybody being healthy, everybody being undefeated and everybody being in shorts. You just don’t know anything.
**Last year at this time, I declared that the Bengals wouldn’t be nearly as bad as so many people were predicting they’d be. I said ranking the Bengals as the 32nd best team in a 32-team league was absurd. I said the Bills, Browns and Jaguars would be really bad, and I said the 32nd best team was probably going to be the 49ers.
**The 49ers lost the NFC Championship Game in overtime. We all saw what I know.
**In two days of watching, I might guess that the Browns set the world minicamp record for passes that ended up, for one reason or another, not being completed. But I wasn’t there for the first day of practice. And we must never forget the glory days of 2009, when they rarely scored touchdowns in any type of practice setting.
**One positive Browns thought: They have a young offensive line that should have time to grow as a unit and should enjoy the heck out of blocking for Trent Richardson. That Guy, by the way, is a treat just to watch go through drills.
**About this supposed quarterback competition, Colt McCoy is a threat to beat out Brandon Weeden in training camp about like Joel Anthony is a threat to outscore LeBron tonight.
**Ah, yes, tonight. Just another moment of truth in the NBA.
**LeBron might make explode tonight. Rajon Rondo might have something to do with that.
**If there’s a Game Seven between the Heat and Celtics, it will be Saturday night. That’s the same night I’ll Have Another chases the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes (he should win) and Manny Pacquaio returns to the ring. There’s also a full slate of Major League Baseball, a big soccer tournament in Europe, college baseball Super Regionals and the last golf tournament before the U.S. Open. Pretty good TV watching day, I must say. I’ll be at a wedding. I solemnly* swear** to pay full attention to the bride and groom*** and those around me and zero**** attention to the race results, scores or anything else sports-related.
**(Text me. Often.)
**I’m semi-sure the Celtics win Game Six tonight, pretty sure I’ll Have Another will become the first Triple Crown winner of my lifetime and very sure the Thunder will win the NBA title.
**The Oklahoma City Thunder are going to win multiple NBA titles. An extremely bold prediction, I know…
**As seen above, my prediction record isn’t really good.
**If you’re keeping score at home, Weeden will make 11 different opening day starting quarterbacks for the Browns since they returned to the league in 1999.
**Lots of announcements were made Thursday regarding college football kickoff times and television network plans. That’s a(nother) sign football isn’t too far away. If there are Cal football fans, they can’t be crazy about a noon Eastern time start for their game at Ohio State. That’s example #4,587 that TV is boss, even over logic.
**Chad Ochocinco has been released by the Patriots. Lots of people saw this coming. Before you ask, no, he’s not going to sign with the Browns or re-sign with the Bengals. We can just hope he doesn’t give up Twitter.